It’s Nexus Time. This year we have two phones, but this one is the big one. It’s the Nexus 6P.
The 6P is Google’s new top-tier Android phone. It’s the first one made by a Chinese phone manufacturer, Huawei. The 6P is the big one. It’s bigger than the Nexus 5X that is also coming out but it’s not as big as last year’s Nexus 6 which puts the boundaries of how big a phone can actually be. The 6P is beautiful.
It’s made of aluminum and glass with just a little plastic here and there. It’s about the same size as the iPhone 6s plus. I think the overall quality of the hard work actually stands out. It’s going to be corny to talk about phones as being premium with incredible built quality or even to refer to them like well-crafted jewelry but those were the kinds of things that people say about the best phones: the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the iPhone.
And now, for the first time ever, you could say the same thing about the Nexus phone. Nothing feels cheap and nothing feels compromised except there is a small bulge at the back for the camera and for some other sensors so let’s talk about that. It doesn’t look as bad in person as it does in pictures and I actually think it helps me know which end is up which is weirdly a problem with a lot of phones nowadays. But otherwise, I don’t think the budge affects the phone’s balance physically or statically. But the front is perfectly symmetrical.
You’ll find two loud speakers and 8-mega pixels selfie camera and even a hidden notification light surrounding the screen. It all makes the phone a little bit too tough for my taste. The screen is a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display that’s full bright and crisp. It looks good no matter how low you set the brightness level which is something that other AMOLED screens usually get wrong. The screen doesn’t feel quiet as close to the surface as it does on iPhone or Galaxy S6 so there’s still room for improvement but not that much.
So this is the first Nexus phone that can sit on the next most beautiful and well-made phones on the market and not feel a little bit gaudy. But there’s another first of this Nexus and it’s an important one. It’s one that no Nexus have ever gotten right before and honestly until this year has been kind of a source of embarrassment for Android users. I’m talking of course about the camera.
This year, Google turned to Sony and put a great 12-megapixels sensor on the back and mostly figured out how to right suffer for it. It’s fast first of all and you launch it with the double tap of the power button. Hers’ the bottom-line, it takes really good photos in most lightning conditions. It focuses quickly with a little laser. It takes shots just as fast and it’s connected to Google’s excellent photo management software. Colors can get really saturated which I tend to prefer but might not be your cup of tea.
You can do video and also 720P slow motion at a 120 or 240FPS and in all of those cases you’re more likely to get fun-good footage than not. The Nexus 6P does really well in anything but very dim lighting were the quality doesn’t quiet live up to Google’s claims. I also wished that it had optical image stabilization even though Google says it’s not necessary. In near darkness, the iPhone 6s does do a better job at salvaging a shot and Samsung’s Note 5 does a little bit better too.
But most of the time you’ll find that the Nexus 6P can actually go toe-to-toe with the best camera phones in the market like the Note 5, the Sony Xperia Z5, or even the iPhone 6S. When you compare them you’ll ended up talking more about aesthetics than you are about quality. If I had to complain inside the camera’s software, which is still very much improved this year, still has a ways to go. Each DR mode is just too slow mainly but I’m also not impressed with burst mode. The idea is great, you just take a couple of shots by holding down the shutter button. The Nexus is going to pick the best one and give you an option of making an animated gif of your shots right there on the spot. But the results really aren’t all that great though they are in the form that you can share anywhere really easily.
There’s a first for Nexus device to talk about and it’s the finger print scanner. It’s located on the back and you can use it to turn on the phone. It is crazy fast. It is so fast you probably won’t ever miss the lock screen when you use it to turn on your phone.
We’ve already reviewed the software of this phone, it’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it’s really good but I just want to point out that Nexus 6P is fast. Crazy fast, much, much faster than the Nexus 6. A powerful processor and a lot of RAM will do that for you and the Nexus 6P has built. Now Android 6P premier feature is now on top. When you search Google from any screen on your phone, no matter what app it is.
Battery life is good enough to get you through a day but not much more. WE got a little bit over 8 hours in the battery test that refreshes a web page every minute and in real world use, I really only felt nervous if I was doing intensive gaming or shooting video. It has really big battery too but I still wish that somebody, anybody would finally make a phone this great but will last two or even three days. But i’ll say that Android 6.0 new battery feature called Doze is the real deal.
It shuts a lot of stuff down when the phone isn’t moving and I found that I could leave it on my night stand overnight and only lose a few percentage points of battery. Quick charges are also great. I picked up 20% battery life in just 15-minutes and I got fully charged in a little bit over an hour. It does charge over USB type-C. Someday that’s going to be the standard and won’t be a problem but we are not there yet.
The Nexus 6P is the best phone you can get. It’s big. It’s beautiful and has a great camera and has really nice without any of the junk that other companies later on do it. To get anything better, you’d have to spend at least a 150 bucks more and I don’t think you’ll get all that much more your extra money.
It’s been 5 years since Google started making Nexus phones and every single one of those years, getting a Nexus is meant really great software and so-so hardware. It’s great to see Nexus phone with the best phones in the market which is where it should be.